Last week, Bunny mentioned that we met her brother at the recent Greyhound reunion our adoption group holds. We’re lucky in that most of the dogs from Bunny’s litter were all adopted through the same group and this allows us to know a little about them. I got to meet several of Bunny’s littermates in the adoption kennel, and we met one of her sisters at a reunion a couple of years ago.
Bunny was interested in meeting both Gizmo and Buddha, but I can’t say that I thought she acted like she recognized them. She wanted to sniff them a lot, but I’m not sure that’s proof that she recognized them. She wasn’t reserved about meeting them, though, and I noticed that she could not seem to stop herself from sniffing Buddha. Every time we were near him, she was sniffing him.
One thing about Bunny’s litter is that all of the dogs look alike. You can see a family resemblance between them, even though Bunny is a tiny little thing and Buddha is a tall guy. There are variations in their coloring, but it’s subtle. There’s no doubting they’re related when you see pictures of them together.
It was definitely fun meeting them and seeing the dogs together. What I liked the most, though, was talking to their people and finding out how much they act alike. It turns out that Bunny and Buddha both still like to run and try to get the other Greyhounds they live with to play. They even have the same tactics. I had to laugh when I heard about Buddha barking and playbowing to the other senior Greyhounds at his new home. None of them will play with him, but he’s wearing a track of his own into the back yard. He’s almost ten years old and still wants to prove that he has “it,” just like Bunny.
We often try to figure out the differences between nature and nurture in our society, but I suspect they are more tightly woven than we will ever know. It’s a lot of fun, though, when you get a chance to see the contrasts in action. Not only have we seen Bunny with her siblings, but Flattery has met one of her sisters, too. Flattery and Karma wear different coats, but do look like they have the same frame underneath (although it sounds like Karma didn’t inherit the mischief gene). We also had Lilac and Blueberry together for many years, and they were mother and daughter. Those two knew they were related and Lilac never quit trying to keep Blue in line.
As Greyhound adopters, seeing your dogs’ littermates or hearing much about them is usually rare. I feel so fortunate that we’ve gotten to learn more about some of ours. It was probably more thrilling for the humans than for the dogs, but our pups didn’t seem to mind one bit, either. I’d like to think that if we lived a little closer and were able to visit more often than once a year, they’d end up being friends, even if they don’t remember those long ago puppy days.